From OnlyFans to NASCAR! FIA In Dakar, F1 News & More!
Welcome to the second episode of the new season of Lovecars On The Grid! Tiff Needell and Paul Woodman are back with another podcast, bringing you a roundup of the latest motorsport updates from around the World!
This week, we look at a positive decision from the FIA for a change at Dakar, plus some news from Formula 1!
Kicking off at Dakar, the FIA actually got a decision right for a change! Jutta Kleinschmidt is the new President of the Cross Country Rally Commission and coincidentally was the first Woman to win the Paris-Dakar rally in 2001. We heard at the start of this year’s Dakar rally that Audi Sport and their driver, Carlos Sainz were unhappy about the sport being unbalanced towards their EV car entrant, the RS Q e-tron. Kleinschmidt quite rightly responded to this, completely denying that their is a disadvantage for the EV team, and urged the rally to continue as normal. Some common sense from the FIA for a change!
Should we get a former Formula 1 Champion to head the FIA Formula 1 division! Elsewhere at the Dakar, we’ve had 2 stages cancelled due to the weather and visibility, but overall been run incredibly well by the FIA under Kleinschmidt mastery. Ironically, Sainz and the Audi have now actually won three stages, too!
Just four stages to go before the finish on Friday! Come on the British that are taking part!
In Formula 1, we have news! Otmar Szafnauer, Team Principal for Aston Martin F1 team has left the team. There were rumours about him moving to Alpine, but nothing has been confirmed yet.
In other news, Australian Racing Driver, Renee Gracie has announced that she’s looking to restart her racing career and trying to get into NASCAR! The driver has had 3 years out in the adult entertainment business. Good luck to her!
Elsewhere in British F4, Matias Zagazeta, who came second in F4 this year, is hoping for a seat in the higher racing divisions too!
The GT cars kick off their season with the Gulf 12 hour race, with our friend, Oli Webb achieving 1st place in his GT4 class and 11th place overall!
Next weekend, the GT3 cars move to the Dubai 24H race, with 87 cars taking part! Then, at the end of the month we have the Daytona 24H race and the Monte Carlo rally to look forward to!
We’re going to switch it up next week and bring on ex-BBC Top Gear Stig, Ben Collins to the podcast!
Make sure you tune in next week to hear Tiff Needell discuss with Ben Collins!